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post #16 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 09:07 AM
 
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Re: Looking for advice on fixed bridge RGs

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Yup, this model is rare too.
I start to think it's a brand strategy for Ibanez - if a model has good specs, it should be rare as hell.
Weird to think about, that they are rare now, never thought about that. Anyway, there are a lot of good fixed bridge RG/RGA's out there!
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Weird to think about, that they are rare now, never thought about that. Anyway, there are a lot of good fixed bridge RG/RGA's out there!
Yea, but I'm trying to score non-archtop one and with standard aftermarket bridge like Gotoh, etc.
I kinda like standard parts, that I can tweak later, maybe buy better saddles, or even change the whole furniture. That's why I prefer hardtails over Gibraltars.
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Yea, but I'm trying to score non-archtop one and with standard aftermarket bridge like Gotoh, etc.
I kinda like standard parts, that I can tweak later, maybe buy better saddles, or even change the whole furniture. That's why I prefer hardtails over Gibraltars.
I'm sure you've seen these on the Ibanez site? Not a fan of the bridges?

https://www.ibanez.com/na/products/d...wfx_00_03.html

https://www.ibanez.com/na/products/d...121_00_01.html

https://www.ibanez.com/na/products/d...2ahmfx_01.html
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Yes, I've seen these. as I mentioned before:
Those are good, but because they are new they're all rather pricey. I hoped to score some 90s-00s RG for 500-800 USD.

And yes, I prefer hardtails over Ibanez proprietary bridges.
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Weird to think about, that they are rare now, never thought about that. Anyway, there are a lot of good fixed bridge RG/RGA's out there!
The RGA121 is much more common. I have owned a few of those as well as the RGA321, which was my favorite Ibanez fixed bridge. There are usually a few on Ebay and Reverb at any given time.
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Re: Looking for advice on fixed bridge RGs

RG521 Genesis used can be found used in your price range. Fits all of your requirements and since it's practically new it should be easy to find one in mint condition for $700-$800. Also has the tilt joint which some think has slightly better tone than the aanj. Tilt Joint and fixed bridge are like bread and butter. Could use a pickup swap, but it isn't really necessary.

If you're thinking about any other guitar besides this then stop.

Some food for thought,

Ibanez RG Super Wizard necks are kind of love it or hate it. I find switching from those to other necks takes some adjustment. I have a RG6UCS and it is badass, but I also have a JS1600 as my fixed bridge guitar of choice and it has a Fender shaped neck. Switching between the two takes some adjustment. I kind of feel like I'm hurting my ability to develop great muscle memory by switching from one guitar to another that have such different shapes. My JS1600 sounds so good I thought about getting rid of the RG6UCS and getting a trem bridge JS.

Either way, if I decide to stay RG/Super Wizard the RG521 Genesis is my choice.
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Look for the RG 421 as well. There's also a 521, but it's a fujigen & will cost considerably more coin.
Hey, just wondering - what are the other factories that made Japanese Ibanez?
Are they really that different from Fujigen?
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Re: Looking for advice on fixed bridge RGs

Oh by the way, I picked up Ibanez RG421 (2002).

Love the guitar, the sound, the neck, the binding on the neck.
Hate the GTC Jr. bridge look and "cosmo black" hardware.

Gonna swap everything to plain black Gotoh hardware.

Also I was really surprised by V7/V8 pickups, they get a lot of hate on the internet, but I really loved them, might even keep them, just will throw a cover on them.
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Oh by the way, I picked up Ibanez RG421 (2002).

Love the guitar, the sound, the neck, the binding on the neck.
Hate the GTC Jr. bridge look and "cosmo black" hardware.

Gonna swap everything to plain black Gotoh hardware.

Also I was really surprised by V7/V8 pickups, they get a lot of hate on the internet, but I really loved them, might even keep them, just will throw a cover on them.
The V7, V8 aren't bad pickups, that just don't seem to have much bite, they do ok when you crank the gain up a bit, but not nice like the trembucker or virtual PAF in my Jackson. Far better than infinity's though.
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The V7, V8 aren't bad pickups, that just don't seem to have much bite, they do ok when you crank the gain up a bit, but not nice like the trembucker or virtual PAF in my Jackson. Far better than infinity's though.
Hey, so what's the deal with "but it's a fujigen & will cost considerably more coin". Aren't all the Japanese RGs made at Fujigen?
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I think many years ago Japanese RGs were made at various Japanese factories, until 450s on down were outsourced. I believe this occurred in the early 90s, but Rich would be the expert on that.
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Re: Looking for advice on fixed bridge RGs

Here's my update:
I decided I have nothing against Cosmo Black color, it's the GTC Jr. bridge I hated and the look of Ibanez pickups. I decided to fix that and installed proper Gotoh GTC102 in same Cosmo Black, added a pickup covers in Black Nickel, which is damn close to the rest of the hardware and wax potted them.
I love the look of black nickel covers wick black hex poles, totally rad.

Also I was pleasantly surprised that they included metal pickup rings, not a plastic ones, quite a move on a guitar where they decided to cut costs on the hardware.

Also I just scored body and neck of a great rare spot model that matches my initial description and I'll show it to you guys when I'll restore it to its former glory.

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What was wrong with the stock GTC bridge? I thought that Ibanez used the GTC102 on those guitars. My PGM301 uses one, albeit being very worn, so much that the brass is showing through on the saddles. What is the condition like on the one you pulled off the guitar?
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What was wrong with the stock GTC bridge? I thought that Ibanez used the GTC102 on those guitars. My PGM301 uses one, albeit being very worn, so much that the brass is showing through on the saddles. What is the condition like on the one you pulled off the guitar?
Nah, 400 series back then used GTC Jr. bridge that looks bad and probably made from something less appealing than brass or steel.

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post #30 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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What was wrong with the stock GTC bridge? I thought that Ibanez used the GTC102 on those guitars. My PGM301 uses one, albeit being very worn, so much that the brass is showing through on the saddles. What is the condition like on the one you pulled off the guitar?
Also you'll find brass saddles in GTC101 model.
GTC102 has steel saddles.
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